Personal enrichment opportunities in Sigonella

Personal enrichment opportunities in Sigonella

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

Understanding the SOFA agreement between the U.S. and Italy will set realistic expectations for career opportunities during your time in Sigonella. The only job opportunities for dependents can be found on the installation, as dictated by the SOFA. Job openings are fairly limited, so it is important to start looking for job opportunities before PCSing and soon after you arrive.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ON THE INSTALLATION

  • Civilian GS Positions: Full-time, appropriated fund positions periodically become available at various commands on the installation. It is suggested to regularly search www.usajobs.gov for new openings.
  • NAF Positions: Non-appropriated fund (NAF) positions support installations through services in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC). Hours range from regular, full-time to flexible part-time with varying employment benefits. Search www.usajobs.gov for new openings.
  • DODEA-Europe: These schools offer full-time positions, substitute teachers, administrative staff and educational aids. Visit www.dodea.edu/Europe/offices/hr.
  • Navy Exchange (NEX): Apply at https://www.mynavyexchange.com/nex/work-for-us
  • Defense Commissary Agency (DECA): Jobs at commissaries
  • Non-profit organizations: The USO, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and American Red Cross all have offices on base. They periodically hire full- and part-time employees.
  • Defense Contractors: Job opportunities in technology, management, accounting and administration are available with contracting firms. Contact the Contracting Department for more information.

Note: Check websites and offices for new openings frequently – a job can be posted one day and stay posted for only 48 hours. Contact the Fleet and Family Support Center’s Employment Specialist for Sigonella employment assistance.

VOLUNTEERING

With limited employment options for dependents at Sigonella, many choose to volunteer at organizations on base to apply their skills, give back to the community, and add to their resumes. Volunteering can even help you gain experience and network to land a paid position in the future.

Start making connections

  • Visit FFSC, MWR, the American Red Cross and the USO.
  • Reach out to various offices on the installation that align with the career field you’re interested in. It’s possible that they need volunteers or are willing to let people shadow them.

EDUCATION

Taking the time to advance your education can help you excel in the future. Educational opportunities on the installation come with a variety of programs at universities partnered with the DOD.

Offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Online, face-to-face and hybrid courses.

  • Central Texas College Europe: www.ctcd.edu/locations/Europe 
    Offers primarily associate degrees and practical training. The Advanced Skills Education Program develops leadership qualities within noncommissioned and junior officers. Face-to-face and online classes.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: www.europe.erau.edu

Offers certifications, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Face-to-face and online courses.

OTHER PERSONAL ENRICHMENT AVENUES

  • Take Italian classes and explore Sicily outside the “triangle” to enjoy the culture.
  • Start DIY projects you’ve always wanted to do.
  • Spend time in the gym and establish healthy habits.
  • Travel, travel, travel! Living in Italy means traveling between other European countries is easier than ever.
  • Start a blog – whether it be travel, fitness, military living, etc. Contribute your articles to www.europe.stripes.com for a chance to get published online and in various magazines.

Find what works for your goals and dreams - whether you land a great job, volunteer with an amazing organization, further your education or find other ways for personal enrichment. What matters is utilizing your time in Italy to benefit your future to the best of your ability.

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